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Re: Mechanics of the mayoral election
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In the non-partisan municipal election on Tuesday May 14, candidates run without party affiliation or a party line.

For Mayor and the Ward Council candidates, a majority is required to win. If no candidate receives more than 50% of the votes cast, the top two vote-getters go into a runoff election. (For the at-large candidates, it's simply the top 3 who win.)

Healy's main goal on 5/14 is to keep turnout as low as possible and hope Jerry Walker can attract enough votes to keep Fulop under 50%. Then Healy counts on a still lower turnout in the runoff to put him over the top.

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It's a city-wide popular vote. I've never heard of a city that has an electoral-college-type system. I doubt it would be constitutional.


Oh that's good news. Turnout downtown will be key to a Fulop win, and downtown turnout is probably more a matter of combating apathy than it is in the other wards, and apathy is something that campaigning can actually affect.

I haven't seen the Healy video van yet - is Fulop going to use something similar?

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It's a city-wide popular vote. I've never heard of a city that has an electoral-college-type system. I doubt it would be constitutional.

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How does voting for mayor work? Is it the city-wide popular vote that matters, or is there an electoral college type system where the wards are won individually? If it's the former, it makes a ton of sense for Fulop supporters to focus on turnout downtown, in the latter case he should almost ignore downtown because he's a shoe-in.

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